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Sharks' Couture has fractured fibula, out 4-6 weeks

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 1:30 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture sustained a fractured right fibula at the ankle in practice Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks following surgery. He was the center on the Sharks' second line, playing between left wing Patrick Marleau and right wing Joel Ward.

While admitting that losing Couture for an extended period of time is an unfortunate turn of events for a team off to a 3-0-0 start this season, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he doesn't want anyone dwelling on the bad news.

"We haven't spent a lot of time on it; it's a reality," DeBoer said Friday from Prudential Center, where the Sharks will play the New Jersey Devils. "He's out, and until he's back someone else has to do the job."

Couture is an all-situations forward for the Sharks. He has one assist in three games this season and has averaged 17:52 of ice time per game, second among Sharks forwards. Last season he had 27 goals and 67 points in 82 games.

"He's obviously disappointed," DeBoer said of Couture. "But he's a character kid and he'll be back."

Lightning's Nesterov to have Player Safety hearing

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 11:21 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov have a hearing Friday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit on Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie during a game Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Nesterov received a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct for the hit at 15:56 of the second period. McKenzie left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Around the League notebook: Thursday, Oct. 15

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 9:09 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

PRICE PERFECT IN CANADIENS' HISTORIC WIN

Carey Price denied all 25 shots he faced and Tomas Fleischmann (1-1—2) scored his second consecutive game-winning goal to help the Montreal Canadiens win their home-opener and improve to 5-0-0 for the first time.

* With the Canadiens beginning with five straight wins for the first time in their 98-season history, the Elias Sports Bureau says that only two teams that entered the NHL in 1967-68 or earlier have yet to start 5-0-0: the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings.

* The Canadiens improved to 8-2-0 in their past 10 regular-season games against the Rangers dating to Feb. 19, 2013 (NYR: 2-7-1). Of those games, eight have resulted in a shutout (MTL: 6, NYR: 2).

Super 16: Canadiens' impressive start has them at top

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Take your finger off the panic button and remember two important words:

Sample size.

The early-season challenges have been obvious for four teams with high expectations: the Anaheim Ducks (0-2-1), Los Angeles Kings (0-3-0), Pittsburgh Penguins (0-3-0 going into their game Thursday) and Columbus Blue Jackets (0-4-0).

All four were ranked in the preseason Super 16, including the Ducks at No. 2 and the Penguins at No. 6. Eight of the nine people tabbed as NHL.com prognosticators predicted the Ducks to win the Pacific Division; five had them representing the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final; and two had them winning the Cup.

It can still happen; the Ducks, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Kings can have good seasons and make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three or four games do not make a season, even if these teams have looked dreadful in those three or four games.

Again, remember, sample size.

Lightning D-man Hedman leaves game with injury

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 11:58 PM / News

NHL.com

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman did not play the third period of a 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Hedman sustained an undisclosed injury and took his last shift with 4:33 remaining in the second period. He played 11:44.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he was unsure of Hedman's status for Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres and an upcoming road trip that begins Tuesday.

"Well, he didn't come back, so anytime somebody gets hit the way he did ...," Cooper said. "I don't know for sure what's wrong with him. I talked to him after and he said he was feeling OK, but I'm not a doctor. We'll have a better indication [Friday]."

Penguins' Crosby liked Bautista's Game 5 bat flip

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 7:46 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was impressed by the Toronto Blue Jays' baseball playoff win Wednesday, including Jose Bautista's emphatic bat flip.

"You've got 50,000 people there at home, with a home run like that, I think that's just pure emotion," Crosby told the Penguins website Thursday. "I don't think he was trying to show anybody up or anything like that. We've all been in different situations, but that was pretty exciting.

"I think if there was a time for one, that would probably be the one."

Red Wings place forward Johan Franzen on IR

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 5:01 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is dealing with post-concussion-like symptoms, coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday.

Franzen was put on injured reserve, general manager Ken Holland told the Red Wings website.

Franzen, who missed time last season with a concussion, skated Tuesday morning and then did not feel well; he was scratched from a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has one assist in two games this season.

"You don’t like to see anybody go through injury issues, and certainly for him he’s battled, worked hard through the summer, got himself in great position," Blashill said. "So you certainly don't want to see it, none of his teammates want to see it, I don't want to see it but it's the reality right now and I feel extraordinarily bad for him."

McDavid makes home debut as Oilers seek first win

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 3:42 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- After three road games to start his NHL career, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will make his home debut Thursday against the St. Louis Blues (9 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-MW).

The No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft will try to help Edmonton (0-3-0) earn its first win of the season in the final home opener at Rexall Place. Edmonton will move into a new arena next season.

"Edmonton has such a rich history that the past is so well-known. You don't have to know much about hockey to know about the Edmonton Oilers and know about their past," McDavid said. "I know a fair amount about their past. It's going to be a pretty special night."

Sharks forward Couture injured at practice

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 2:13 PM / News

NHL.com

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture injured his right foot at practice Thursday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Couture was seen on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his right foot and ankle. He would not comment on the injury.

General manager Doug Wilson told the newspaper he was waiting for a full evaluation on Couture and should have more details available Friday.

Capitals' Backstrom could play first game Saturday

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 1:25 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom could make his season debut Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Backstrom, who had arthroscopic hip surgery May 27, was cleared for contact Wednesday but will not play Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I think based on my conversation yesterday that there is a possibility for Saturday," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Thursday. "I'm not going to confirm or deny anything. He's feeling better. Every time a player says they're feeling better and better, there is a possibility."

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